LAKESIDE BRIDGE & STEEL CO. v. MOUNTAIN STATE CONSTRUCTION CO.,
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445 U.S. 907 (1980)
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LAKESIDE BRIDGE & STEEL CO. v. MOUNTAIN STATE CONSTRUCTION CO., , 445 U.S. 907 (1980)
445 U.S. 907
LAKESIDE BRIDGE & STEEL CO.
MOUNTAIN STATE CONSTRUCTION CO., INC
No. 79- 376
Supreme Court of the United States
February 25, 1980
On petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
The petition for a writ of certiorari is denied.
Mr. Justice WHITE, with whom Mr. Justice POWELL joins, dissenting.
I dissent from the denial of the petition for certiorari.
Petitioner, a Wisconsin corporation with its place of business in Milwaukee, Wis., contracted with respondent, a West
Virginia corporation with its principal place of business in Charleston, W. Va., to sell structural assemblies for incorporation by respondent into the outlet works of a dam and reservoir in Virginia. Aside from the contacts arising from the negotiation, execution, and performance of this contract, respondent has never had any connection with the State of Wisconsin. Petitioner's agent initiated the negotiations by visiting respondent's offices in West Virginia and delivering a quotation. The quotation provided that "[a]ny order arising out of this proposal . . . is subject to home office acceptance at Milwaukee, Wisconsin." Respondent then mailed petitioner its purchase order referring to petitioner's quotation. Petitioner signed the purchase order in Milwaukee and returned it to respondent together with a proposed modification, which became part of the contract, when respondent treated the modified order as effective. During the course of their negotiations both parties initiated other communications between their respective offices either by telephone or by mail.
The contract provided that the goods were to be shipped "F. O. B. SELLERS [sic ] PLANT MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN with freight allowed to rail siding nearest project site," and stated that Wisconsin law would govern the transaction. According to petitioner, Pet. for Cert. 4, the total contract price was $1,281,750.00. Petitioner proceeded to manufacture the goods at its plant in Wisconsin and ship them to the project site in Virginia. Respondent asserted that some of the goods were defective and withheld part of the purchase price.
Petitioner thereupon filed the present action in a Wisconsin state court to recover the unpaid balance on the contract. It alleged personal jurisdiction under Wisconsin's long-arm statute, Wis.Stat. 801.05, 801. 11 (1975), which has been interpreted to reach as far as due process will allow, Flambeau Plastics Corp. v. King Bee Mfg. Co., 24 Wis.2d 459, 464, 129 N.W.2d 237, 240 (1964). Respondent removed the case [445 U.S. 907 , 909]